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Author: Jennifer Pittman, Sentinel Correspondent
Date: 11/07/2008

Aging Gracefully: Businesses help seniors get a move on

POSTED: 01/31/2012 01:30:12 AM PST

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Theresa Tucciarelli helps people 55 and older transition to new living... (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)

LA SELVA BEACH -- At the age of 15, Theresa Tucciarelli got her first job working with senior citizens. Working as a waitress at the former Casa del Rey Retirement Hotel in Santa Cruz was the first job Tucciarelli ever had.

After decades of working in the restaurant industry, Tucciarelli, 48, has come full circle and is back working with senior citizens again.

In 2008 she started her own business, A Move Made Simple. Tucciarelli helps seniors and their families make what can be difficult decisions when it comes to downsizing, relocating and/or moving a senior into an assisted living facility, senior community or smaller home.

A member of the National Association of Senior Move Members as well as a Certified Senior Relocation Transition Specialist, Tucciarelli has become part of an industry she wasn't aware existed when she met with a Cabrillo College counselor in 2003.


"The senior move management industry has been created in a large part because so many people are part of the sandwich generation right now," Tucciarelli said. "They're professionals trying to take care of their own families, their work and their elderly parents. A lot of time they live in different parts of the country and are unable to help their parents."

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Specialist helping seniors on the move
JENNIFER PITTMAN - Sentinel Correspondent

When Barbara Miller moved recently from La Selva Beach to Boulder Creek, she wasn't about to do it all herself.


WHAT: Senior moving services business. 
WHO: Owned by Theresa Tucciarelli. 
INFORMATION: Call 539-1000, or or the National Association of Senior Move Managers

"I can't lift like I used to," said Miller, who at 76 is among a growing group of seniors turning to a new type of specialist -- the senior moving manager -- to help with the daunting task of sorting through years of accumulated belongings. The growing aging population means the market is ripe for new businesses offering products and services for seniors.

"The industry is really growing," said Theresa Tucciarelli, owner of A Move Made Simple, a new Aptos-based certified senior moving consultancy business. "When I first started researching this idea two years ago, there were only 200 U.S. companies. Now there are 400. In California there were only seven and now there are 22."

As baby boomers retire, the U.S. population aged 65 and older is expected to jump nearly 80 percent, according to the National Association of Senior Moving Managers, a six-year-old nonprofit. By 2030, the elderly will account for one-fifth of the U.S. population. Americans age 85 and above comprise the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. The association reports a huge growth in the industry since its own inception in 2002.

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